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Harry screams in THE MIST!!!

When I first heard the story of THE MIST it was with the stunning innovation of 3D sound. After I bought that cassette (remember those) – I read the novella. This wasn’t a high-minded Stephen King story… what it reminded me of was those wondrous B-movies of the 50s. Films like INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and MONOLITH MONSTERS or INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN. It had elements of my favorite horror film for most of my life (and some days, it still holds the top spot), I am referring to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. The king of the B horror movies. Low budget, schlocky and fatalistic. Often times in the B horror genre, the movies didn’t give you the gosh gee whiz happy ending that those watching LEAVE IT TO BEAVER believed in. A man screaming madly down the street, “THEY’RE HERE ALREADY” isn’t hopeful… nor is Duane Jones’ peek at his “rescuers” at the end of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Low budget horror could be as dark or goofy as the filmmakers wanted – and THE MIST by Frank Darabont is a refreshingly invigorating breath of fresh air to the genre of Horror. I can’t really communicate to you just how much I enjoy screening films for audiences at the Alamo Drafthouse – it is one of my favorite things… somewhere behind Sex, Writing and Good Food. However, after most of the screenings I can usually count the extremely grateful folks, the ones that come over to introduce themselves and thank me for setting up the screening on a single hand…. And usually after one of these screenings, I’m lucky if I get a single review of the film. Well, after our recent screening of THE MIST, I was inundated by horror fans profoundly thankful for the experience of seeing THE MIST with the Q&A by Frank Darabont and Greg Nicotero. And over a dozen rave reviews. Well THE MIST was always, to me, Stephen King’s remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD with a dimensional rift that substituted slightly Lovecraftian things into our world to torment our characters trapped in a singular building cut off from the rest of the world… in which, paranoia, fighting and some really good ideas turn into really shitty situations. It’s classic old school B-horror… and after a decade or two of slasher horror, self-referential smug horror, shitty vampire flicks, the advent of the torture porn genre, the J-horror and its remake off-shoots and then the million Zombie movies… to finally see a horror movie that is just an honest to goodness evil monster last-stand movie is bliss. So – how is THE MIST? It’s pure fucking Stephen King, it feels exactly like the story, yes, there’s changes – but the changes are all about toughening the story up and giving it the conclusion that was faithful to the roots that King was mining when he cooked this sucker up! Thomas Jane is our lantern-jawed protagonist. For all intents and purposes – he’s Drew Struzan… and the poster he’s painting when we meet his character is probably Stephen King fans’ collective wet dream. Jane’s David Drayton is a nice guy – he’d had a bad night and a bad morning of discovering... well, finding his life disrupted by the previous night’s storm. His wife is going to clean up the house while he and his son, Billy, played by the amazing Nathan Gamble – go into town for supplies. You might have seen young Nathan as the unfortunate boy in BABEL – and we’ll next see him as James Gordon Jr. in THE DARK KNIGHT. He’s an excitable young boy, but a sensitive kid. What I love is that he totally looks and acts like a real sensitive boy – not a scary Hollywood beta-boy. Anyway – they hit the Grocery store when, the proverbial mist hits the fan. Now here’s the thing… the film isn’t a realistic tale about the end… it has realistic aspects, but the film is still absolutely loyal to King’s B-movie inspirations… There’s that gallows humor of King’s… the cynical look at society when our worst nightmares begin knocking on the windows and rattling the doors between us and the outside world. It’s frightening and I would hope that it’d be unrealistic… that’s kinda what you have to keep telling yourself while you’re in a larger crowd of strangers watching mass-hysteria in theory. But, what would happen if when I left my seat and went to the lobby – there was a mist, thick as fog, and giant creatures that defy any and all laws of nature in our world? Would Tim League go nuts with his axe? I’m sure of it… but what would my friend Roland do? He probably has a gun in his car, would he rush out to get it – and die? Probably. And my friend and poster artist Gordon Jones – his wife and baby boy are out there somewhere – would he stay safe with us – or venture out into the monstrous unknown? And what about that quirky person, that’s always been one judgment day from being a prophet of death? Who knows? We like to think that in the face of horror – we’d pull together like in New York on 9/11… but what about the days after? When we started planning invasions and supporting them blindly? And that was with a horror we knew was out there… terrorism? How would the world react to 600 ft creatures, giant insects and flying 4 winged pterobat creatures? AND then there’s the tentacles? I don’t think rational people would react rationally to tentacled terrors in the mist. Thomas Jane and Nathan Gamble aren’t the only stand-outs in terms of the performances that deal with these horrors. Andre Braugher’s townie lawyer is great as a man that doesn’t believe in things that go bump in the night – and that doesn’t trust these small town folks and their superstitions and fears. There’s Laurie Holden’s Amanda Dumfries – a lovely newcomer to the town, that’s a new teacher at the school. She slowly eases her way out of the background until she’s a major character. That’s what I like about this film – by not going with huge movie stars – you kinda forget what the rules of the genre are – who could live – who could die and how it could all happen. The obvious stand-out character is Marcia Gay Harden’s MRS. CARMODY. A nightmare to be holed up with any day of the week, but on the day that society faces creatures from Stephen King’s ID? Fucking forget it. Marcia does wonders with a character that I had always considered as a fairly one-dimensional shrew in the original story. It’s all done on her face – as her prayers seem answered – and her prophecies eerily come to pass – with each event, she becomes more and more convinced that she is the vessel that God is speaking through… that her beliefs, all these years, her rampant convictions – have finally been answered. She’s every bit as scared as anyone else, but she’s always been living in fear – in this pressure cooker of fear – she’s swimming like those odd shrimp creatures that Cameron photographed swimming in those volcanic undersea tubes. However, I can’t say she’s my favorite character… I hate her too much. No, my favorite character is played by Toby Jones ( Truman Capote in INFAMOUS ). He just plays that older grocery bagger, that nice guy that has a simple job, a simple life and never wanted a day of excitement – well, he kinda feels the absolute most reasonable and human being through this all. He faces it all with exasperated exhaustion. He reminds me a bit of Paul Williams and I think that’s absolutely why I love him so much. So now – let’s talk about the critters. They never look real real. They’re not off this universe or dimension. They’re crazy and freaky and awesome. But you know what they really are? They’re scary. They look much better than what we’ve seen online – and they’re mean fuckers. When the glass breaks… fucking hell. The Pharmacy? Fuck. And… well… I’ll let you discover the other moments of scares. This isn’t a movie for most critics – in fact, I predict it’ll leave many critics scratching their head – trying to figure Frank Darabont out on this one. But then, they never read THE MIST – they didn’t listen to the audio play. They think of SHAWSHANK and GREEN MILE as the tone and timbre of a Frank Darabont / Stephen King film. I love those films – but I don’t really think of those films and STAND BY ME as the Stephen King I fell in love with. This is STEPHEN KING – Balls to the Wall Societal Horror tale with seriously wicked things going bump in the night. What Frank has done is this… he’s made 3 absolutely perfect Stephen King adaptations – and his first out and out Stephen King HORROR feature. It is a great B-horror monster fest served up with A-production values and acting. If you’re a fan of King’s. If you love classic horror and monster films – you’ll eat this up!

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  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:06 a.m. CST

    Foist!

    by Messiahman

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:07 a.m. CST

    This one is fast becoming a.....

    by D o o d

    big hit for Darabont. I'm really looking forward to seeing this as I have just been to see 30 Days of Night, which is probably one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Sounds good..

    by TiVo1138

    I love Thomas Jane.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:22 a.m. CST

    RE: Krack

    by CadderlySoaring

    Apparently, 30 Days of Night and Saw IV had the studio executives acting like complete chickenshits. Halloween in August, Stephen King's The Mist in November. It may work in its favor though..being released right before Thanksgiving.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Sweet.

    by TattooedBillionaire

    Can't wait to check this one out. Thanks, Harry!

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 4:24 a.m. CST

    I think I have to go see this

    by IndustryKiller!

    I mean its old fashioned horror that is supposed to be scary and suspenseful. How novel in this day and age. The CG creatures turned me off but I think good directing and acting is gonna cover that quite nicely.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 4:25 a.m. CST

    Can't wait for this. SINESTRO CORPS WAR

    by messi

    In blackest day, in brightest night.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Like It

    by NudeandAroused

    Great book and it sounds like that it might very well get justice on film.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry,

    by TattooedBillionaire

    What's your favorite King adaptation for film from his horror stories?

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Favorite Horror Stephen King

    by HEADGEEK

    Well - THE SHINING is hands down my favorite adaptation of anything of King's. And yes, I love the novel as a separate and totally different thing. <BR><BR>I'm also a very big lover of CARRIE, THE DEAD ZONE, THE MIST, PET SEMATARY, CUJO, APT PUPIL and SILVER BULLET.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Damn you Pet Sematary!

    by Boondock Devil

    I'll always think of it as the movie where that little bastard child murdered Herman Munster.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 5:23 a.m. CST

    His short stories and novellas

    by Constidine4Rorshach

    were always way better than his bigger books. Great Stephen another story about a tormented author...great.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 5:31 a.m. CST

    yackbacker

    by HEADGEEK

    it's because THE MIST is a complete departure - not just from everything that Darabont has done as a filmmaker that most critics are aware of... but because, sadly, they're expecting a Darabont/King film... and flying monsters, giant monsters, slimey monsters and a B-movie plot... just isn't what those critics are mostly prepared to digest. <BR><BR>However, those of us that are Stephen King fans, that do know the material - and that love the source material that not only Darabont was drawing on for his changes, but that King was drawing upon for his inspiration to write the story in the first place... well... it is 100% kickass. The Q&A lasted about an hour - and the audience was thoroughly into it... with Darabont hanging out in front of the theater talking to King fans well into the night. <BR><BR>And - in my opinion the ending is one of the GREAT horror film endings - leaving you with ALOT to talk about. All of which, I'll talk about - after the film is in general release. The hard part about writing the review has nothing about hiding my feelings - I fucking love the film. The hard part is how to talk about the film without talking about the ending. WHICH YOU SHOULD ATTEMPT TO AVOID SPOILERS OF AT ALL COSTS. But it's one of those endings where you can joke about it, to diffuse the tension. Reflect upon it, in regards to a prophetic statement by a main character. And then just discuss if you could have done it, when you would have done it ad how you would have done it. AND you could call bullshit and storm out pissed, but then you're just missing out on the ballsiest, most non-studio, fuck you ending I've seen in ages.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Best.Harry.Review.Ever

    by darquelyte

    It was well written (for the most part,) it had a start, a middle, and an ending. It got his point across without too many cringe worthy moments, (...after sex, and good food...ack, the visuals!) It provided a real review with points and context and comparisons that would bring someone to the screen. Harry provided a compelling review convincing me to put aside my dislike of horror movies and go see this. Thanks Harry! ~ÐL

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 5:58 a.m. CST

    I´ll eat this up!

    by CuervoJones

    I´m a fan of King’s an i love classic horror and monster films .

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 6:03 a.m. CST

    Who is this Harry person, and why is he writing reviews?

    by chrth

    I bet it's just Patton Oswalt in disguise.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 6:12 a.m. CST

    It does sound interesting...

    by vezner2007

    though I really hope the political undertones aren't too prevalent as Harry seems to hint at. Maybe it's just me but I'm getting tired of Hollywood trying to convince me that Americans are numb nuts that will blindly jump on the war bandwagon whenever things get rough. To believe such a ludicrous thing is asinine.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST

    looking forward to this

    by palewook

    wasn't sure what to think when i heard this was being made into a movie. so many of the king works dont work when translated to script form. but this story is king in all his glory and sounds like it successfully made the jump to script.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Man O Man I'm so excited,

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Night Shift and Skeleton Crew were my favorite of all his books. Pure Horror condensed to 10-20 pages. Except for the Mist of course, which by being the longest helped also to create its epic scope and pure story.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 6:49 a.m. CST

    LONG WALK, please...

    by BanAllFIRSTPosters

    I hope this movie does well enough for The Long Walk to get greenlit.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 6:52 a.m. CST

    You genuinely care

    by BDT

    about these characters. The acting is great and it is one of the scariest creature features I've seen since Jurassic Park (and actually I liked the Jurassic Park book better than the movie). I cannot wait to see this movie again. Thanks, Harry for bringing such a fun event to the Alamo...it was awesome. I think/hope this movie makes it big...there's a lot to love about it.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 7:04 a.m. CST

    DBZ movie: with Spike

    by palewook

    Stephen Chow + James Marsters + big budget = live action DragonBall. http://tinyurl.com/24vbmj

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Pretty good review, Harry

    by SamLowry27

    I am definitely going to check this out. I just finished the Dark Tower series for the first time so I'm in the King mood.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Sex, Writing and Good Food...er, scratch the first two

    by Bill Brasky

    Fuck you Harry!

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST

    awesome, now i can't wait

    by DonnyUnitas

    i've not once enjoyed a steven king movie. they're always too campy, and the effects are usually awful... but this sounds good so far. We'll see, Harry... we'll see.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST

    www.aint-it-liberal-propaganda.com

    by Bill Brasky

    "…when we started planning invasions and supporting them blindly?" Harry, you mindless liberal patsy, I guess the invasion of Afghanistan was supported blindly huh? After all, who needs any justification to attack the nation that harbored the scum that killed 3000 Americans in one day? Hey! Let’s try to turn this into a political scrum, shall we???

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 8 a.m. CST

    My story

    by Kloipy

    Thanks for the great review Harry. Stephen King has been my favorite writer since I was in 3rd grade and picked up a tattered copy of Cujo at a funky little yard sale on a Saturday morning. I’ll never forget the experience of reading my first SK book and then yearning for more. It became an adventure to find every book of his I could, usually spending what little money I had saved up (which for a 3rd grader is a feet of gigantic magnitude). One of the next books I found was Skeleton Crew. I was still in elementary school, but from the time I was born I was fascinated with monsters, ghosts, zombies, ect. I collected reprints of old EC comics and loved every pun-slinging minute of them. I watched every Godzilla movie I could get my hands on, and by kindergarden, I was already writing my own horror novels, mostly people getting killed by weird triangle shapes (I never said I was a good artist). So when I saw a book with a cover of a monkey with glowing green eyes ready to clash so cymbals together, my warped little mind said “BUY THIS NOW”. So I forked over my $1.50 and giddly got in the car, anxious to get home and devour this thing. So, it was there in my room, as a 3rd grade boy who loved monsters, that I was brought face to face with the horror’s in the mist. I loved every second of it and it struck such fear in my heart as I put myself in the situation. When I finished it, I went back and read it again. I soon found the 3D book on tape and that frightened me even more. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to that thing. The part with the air raid siren and then the earthquake, and the buzzing of the wings of the bugs. Just wonderful! I am now 24 years old and I’ve been waiting since 3rd grade to see this movie. My heart is filled with such joy just to be able to see what I’ve played in my head for all these years. I’ve talked to people who haven’t ever heard of it and they don’t seem to get. And I don’t care. I know Frank does, and I know that no matter what, I will treasure this movie, because it’s been such a part of my life for so many years. Thanks go to Stephen for always scaring me and thanks to Frank for believing in a project that most people wont understand. I can’t wait.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Great review Harry, I wish I could've gone to the premier

    by qweruiop

    I live in Austin, but of all nights I had to work into the late evening the night of the premier and couldn't attend it at the Alamo. Damn. And you're right about critics probably not getting this film, which is unfortunate considering a movie like this shouldn't be graded with the same criteria as the Green Mile. Harry keep throwing these great events, they're always a highlight in Austin.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 8:38 a.m. CST

    yea green mile is perfect

    by aicndoesntwantmorecowbell

    bam!

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Surprise?

    by Mister Man

    I saw this coming, when I attended my first (and last) AICN "screening." With the connections this site has had to the filming itself, and the director, what else could have been printed here? The general public's response should be interesting..several screenings have been negative, a few positive. I think the rare absence of extreme gore will please some, while the lack of finesse with put off others. But, a big opening weekend, none-the-less.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Just leaked: scariest shot from the Mist!

    by biggles2_22

    http://www.visi.co m/~phantos/images/conpics_full/cv01d.jpg

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Harry, request a Running Man adaptation.

    by biggles2_22

    See if Darabont will go for a REAL adaptation of that story.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 9 a.m. CST

    You think they screwed up THIS King ending?

    by Fish Tank

    How about Pet Cemetary? The book was awesome - open ended. Did the wife come back like normal? Was she f'ed up? Just hearing her speak as the door opens and then the story ends was incredible, and so perfect. The movie screwed that up, and spoon fed you an answer. People are smarter than that.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Looking forward to this...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...altho I did break with my usual and read the spoilers about the ending. Not sure I'm gonna like it but will have to wait and see. As mentioned above...we need Darabont to make 'The Long Walk'....easily one of the best King novellas.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Bill Brasky

    by redfist

    Don't make me come over to your house and make you watch Fareinheit 9/11. Your such a cunt.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    THE MIST IS SYMBOLIC OF THE IGNORANCE OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC

    by BringingSexyBack

    The bugs are Bill Brasky's brain cells.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 9:34 a.m. CST

    redfist & Brasky

    by biggles2_22

    Please, please don't turn this TB into a lib v. con rant! Yes, Harry is liberal. Yes, Hollywood is the land of fantasy were limosine libs flourish. If you can't get over it, tune the fuck out. (I say this as a conservative.) For me, I love this site, most of the TBs, and the heads-up from the Head Geek. Sure I poke fun from time to time, but to see you guys go off on Harry's review or actually act like Farenheit 9/11 was more than it was, well, it gets a little tiresome. Oh, and watch your fucking mouths.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Harry, I want to move to Austin

    by pikagreg

    sounds like you make lots of cool shit go down...excellent review, btw.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry but...

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    ...this movie looks FUCKING stupid.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Fathergeek loves "THE MIST"...

    by fathergeek

    I saw this at the ALAMO premiere while munchng on seaweed salad and a great pasta laced with Calamari & Octopus in squid ink, all the while sipping on some far-eastern drink full of fish- egg-like pearls... crazzzzzzzzy, but perfect. This film is from my favorite genre... "the last stand" flick. Fearful, no-hope movies like the "Last Command", "Dawn of the Dead" and "The Last Man On Earth. Annnd this one is a classic right up there with John Ford's great "LOST PATROL" starring Victor McLaglen and Boris Karloff. In fact it is on a level with my two faves of the genre; "Night of the Living Dead" and the Robert Taylor 1943 thriller "BATAAN"... not Wayne's "Back to Bataan", but the definitive "no hope" flick of men trapped in a jungle mist surrounded by 10's of thousands of Japanese sniping and chopping them to pieces in the white laced darkness. It's about a hodge-podge group of average joes thrown together by life, annnd death to desperately try to hold off certain death at the hands of unseen forces. It features a young, boyish Robert Walker in his screen debut, an aged tired Thomas Mitchell, future real life California senator George Murphy, cowardly criminal Lloyd Nolan, hero Robert Taylor, and the fantastic Desi Arnaz ( yes, that one) as Ramirez "that crazy jitterbugging kid shaking himself to death". among others. They disappear into the night, reappear hacked to pieces, are struckdown out of nowhere, are terrifed, and fight from their own graves. Arnaz even performs a "Mea Culpa" Cuban prayer. No happy ending here! If you've never seen it, do! Anyway thru-out the "MIST" I was reminded of "BATAAN", the iconic Last Stand Thriller... Frank can be proud! Very proud.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    why the hate for Green Mile

    by Kloipy

    It’s not the greatest movie ever made or anything, but it’s so touching, it evokes the spirit of the book, it’s uplifting and devesating all at the same time. The whole characterization between Delecroix and Mr. Jingles was wonderful. I mean to feel the heartbreak of when Percy stomps on him and then they joy and wonder that happens when Coffey brings him back all in the same scene was amazing. I left the theater in tears (I don’t care what you think about that) because it was beautiful. Never felt like 3 hours and it never felt like forced emotion to me. Just a beautiful story that captured so much. The scene where Paul take John to go see the movie, “Heaven, I’m in Heaven”, and the light on his face as he says “They’s angels” I mean come on! That was wonderful.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST

    I thought the Alamo Drafthouse closed!?

    by FILMFUNK

    Good review - Harry... mostly.<P>King f*cked with my childhood head with stuff like Salems Lot and the Kid scratching at the window! Cujo and Christine and the shining I prefer to the non horror stuff like Shawshank, greenmile and Stand by me which i prefer as stories. Sometimes it scares more in your head and doesn't always translate that well to the screen - Langoliers, Dreamcatcher turds!? and Maximum Overdrive were sheeeiiite!<P>The Mist looks like a propper good horror though, like From Beyond, The Thing, or Night of the Living Dead well paced with a solid plot and good cast of characters instead of just random CG FX and nothing else.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Ummm???

    by Series7

    Harry....really? REALLY! The Running Man is not your favorite King Adaptation??? Does it not count because its Bachman?? I mean I am pretty sure that movie has toped AFI's best movie at least twice. No all kidding aside, I love the running man. I need to know that people enjoy this movie as much as they should.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 10:22 a.m. CST

    anybody who didnt host a screening with the director see this?

    by BMacSmith

    be nice to have a review that wasnt payed for

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 10:24 a.m. CST

    running man rocked

    by pikagreg

    the fat opera guy in the light bright suit always cracked me up.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST

    I liked Needful Things...

    by tonagan

    I thought it was one of the rare times when the ending was BETTER than the book.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    worst adaptation of King

    by Kloipy

    is the Lawnmower Man. Thank God he sued them over that crap

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Harry or FatherGeek

    by Kloipy

    what did you think of the "ITM"?

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST

    great review

    by SkeletonParty

    I like the idea of sitting in a larger crowd watching a smaller crowd mimic mass hysteria and telling yourself (hoping) it probably wouldn't be like that but knowing that it would go down exactly like that. <p>Very clever, Harry.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Most underate King adaption of all time:

    by classyfredblassy

    Dolores Claiborn. Sure there were no monsters or zombies or vampires or ghosts, but it was still well made, and features some great performances. and still managed to generate a fair amount of tension in the films climax, the "eclipse" scene.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    "...I'm getting tired of Hollywood trying to convince me.."

    by mbeemer

    "...that Americans are numb nuts that will blindly jump on the war bandwagon whenever things get rough. To believe such a ludicrous thing is asinine."<p><p> Excuse me? We have a well-established history of doing exactly that going back all the way to the Salem witch trials. Tack on McCarthyism and the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII and the point is made - you don't even have to debate our response to 911 to do it.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Please everybody

    by kilik777

    check out the 3d audio play Harry's referring to, its a friggin masterpiece. http://tinyurl.com/pv8do

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Lawnmower Man Sucked

    by Series7

    Yeah but its no where near as bad as part two, or the couple of hundred King TV movies out there. That last one with Ron Pearlman was embarassing. And Storm of Century felt like movie of a century, i know I'm cleaver kind of like TBS. The earlier Steven King TV movies where a lot beeter the the most recent. Stand, Langolears, the one with Cane in it.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Favorite King Movie Adaptations

    by Acappellaman

    BanAllFIRSTPosters, as much as I LOVED the Bachman/King story of The Long Walk, I don't know how good of a movie that would make. That would be a challenge for any director. The biggest bombs as far as King adapations to screen are Lawnmower Man (they should have just renamed the movie - it didnt' resemble the short story AT ALL), The Running Man (Anothe rone that should have been renamed. The story is friggin amazing and would make an amazing movie if done faithfully to the book), and even though Salem's Lot (the movie) scared the crap out of me as a kid, it doesn't age well. The book, however, rocks. Maximum Overdrive and The Langoliers both sucked too. The best King adaptations? The Green Mile (duh), Shawshank redepmtion (another duh), The Shining (although it's not very faithful to the book. The changes that were made, however, worked well in the movie), Misery, Christine, and Cujo. Pet Sematary was a decent movie, but the ending to the book was much better. Firestarter was decent. Hell, Heather Locklear in her PRIME?!? How can that possibly be a bad movie?

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:32 a.m. CST

    MAN!

    by Series7

    Totally fergot about Maximum Overdrive that movie ruled.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:33 a.m. CST

    The problem with the Green Mile

    by Guy Gaduois

    is that Coffey's last wish in the book was to pray with Paul, not watch a movie. Having them watch a movie instead undid the innocence of the Coffey character and was terribly self indulgent from a filmmaker standpoint. It's a huge screwup because it undoes the Christ metaphor, de-mystifies the spiritual connection with Paul. Also, the book ending has Paul crying out in need for John Coffey as his wife is dying. Lot's of cool imagery there. It was a huge misstep by Darabont, very surprising in all that he did embrace in 'Shawshank'. I'll be interested to see if I approve of his variations with 'The Mist'. Because to me, all that matters is my approval. Oh, and about that God metaphor stuff from 'Green Mile', All you God hating commie pinkos can boo hoo all you want, but it seems pretty damn clear that was King's intent. So, you can censor me by not reading this post. And suck on a hot rock. Oh, and spoilers.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Nosferatu Jones

    by Kloipy

    I agree that Shawshank is the better of the two films and will always be a classic, while Green Mile will shrink in the memory of the movie watching public. I just thought that it was a great movie, a great adaptation, and something that you don't see much anymore. A movie with a spirit.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    i can't fuckin wait

    by El Borak

    this is going to be great.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Series 7

    by Kloipy

    I def. agree with you on the Desperation debacle. It was an amazing book, could have been one of the scariest movies if it was made well. They should have went for theatrical release, instead of letting Mick Garris take a big shit on it. I mean come on! The vulture soul sucking will go down as one of the shittiest effects I've ever seen. Just thinking about it makes me mad

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    Monster Horror

    by skimn

    Although played tongue-in-cheek, lets not forget Slither. In fact with the small town dynamics and characters, that was a bit King-like. I saw it again this past weekend, and forgot how enjoyable it was.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Has anyone read Gramma?

    by Kloipy

    that story scared the shit out of me. Also if the are going to remake any of King's horror stuff, I think they should do Children of the Corn over again, and do it closer to the story and with more balls than the first one

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:45 a.m. CST

    does anyone know

    by El Borak

    if you can download the 3d audio book online?

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:47 a.m. CST

    best way to listen to the 3D version

    by Kloipy

    is with Giant headphones that completely cover your ears, late in the evening with a cresent moon on the rise, with only candles as your light

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    oh wait here it is

    by El Borak

    on this site...(BR) (BRhttp://www.karcreat.com/TheMist.html

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    whoops

    by El Borak

    without the br's.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    I've beat this to the ground in previous

    by skimn

    talkbacks, but, TNT's adaptation of "Battleground" was a miracle of a small screen adaptation. How William Hurt got looked over for an Emmy nom, I'll never know.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Nice review Harry!

    by pvs

    Thanks for a great review Harry, here's hoping Darabont thinks next about making faithful(of the books) movie versions of "The Long Walk" or "Running Man"

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    The Long Walk

    by Kloipy

    Is one of my favorite stories ever. However Frank was right when he was talking to Quint about it being an “art house” movie. I highly doubt any studio would want to put money behind a movie that has military personel killing kids, might hit a little too close to home for them.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    So Harry,

    by skimn

    would The Mist beat out Hostel 2 as your favorite horror film of the year..? Or what is..so far?

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Good review Harry.

    by mrfan

    Looking forward to this movie.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Anyone know if this story ties into the Dark Tower mythology?

    by Reel American Hero

    That's another aspect of King's books that I like is that while they all can be enjoyed as individual stories, a lot of them have bits and peices that tie into The Dark Tower stories. Sort of a Kingiverse, if you will.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    the dt tie-in

    by El Borak

    the mist is considered a thinny i think.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Reel American Hero

    by Kloipy

    in some ways yes. The rips between the different dimensions. There are Lobster like creatures, or lobstrosities. Nothing concrete, but i've heard of the connection before

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Didn't Harry diss Shawshank before?

    by epitone

    I remember several years ago Harry saying that Shawshank was a decent film but he felt all the characters were ripped off from classic Warner prison flicks.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST

    skimn & massawyrm's take

    by HEADGEEK

    Skimn - monsters trump torture. <BR><BR>As for Massawyrm - I haven't had a conversation with him about this title, but at the screening of the new print of BLADE RUNNER - I got the distinct opinion that he and most of the Austin Critics that saw the film at the press screening hated it. That the press screening was in a "portable building" on a screen the size of mine - literally the worst place to watch a movie like this in Austin. <BR><BR>THE MIST is an audience movie, a film to get caught up with, not to look down at. Everything in the film... the hysteria of fear - was in the book. 9/11 didn't change this. Hell Frank wrote this script 10 years ago, before 9/11... the use of fear to motivate scared masses has been a 'truth' culturally for the duration of human existence. It ain't nothing new.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 12:39 p.m. CST

    The horror genre is alive and well.

    by LoneGun

    2007 is turning into a pretty good year for horror films, with lots to choose from. My favorite, so far, is 28 WEEKS LATER, which had some shades of Stephen King to it. The scene in the darkened subway tunnel reminded me of the Lincoln Tunnel scene in King's THE STAND - absolutely terrifying. I'll definitely be seeing THE MIST, if only on the basis of the talent involved. Darabont and King - I'm definitely there!

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    30 days of night

    by Series7

    Am I the only person on this site that enjoyed that movie? I thought it was the best monster movie since The Descent. Sure they were vampires... eh but did that really matter. I thought it was a solid movie with a few good scares and proof that not all new horror directors have no sense of visual style (like Eli Roth).

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Harry

    by Kloipy

    Glad to see you liked this better than Hostel 2. Glad you didn't give us a "They are both equally excellent" bullshit

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST

    DARK TOWER and THE MIST

    by HEADGEEK

    there is definitely a link in the movie... however, I'd never spoil it.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Harry

    by Kloipy

    what did you think of the loading dock sequence. I've heard a lot of mixed stuff. Did it look cool?

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Thanks Harry

    by Reel American Hero

    I've already been excited about this movie, and now I'm going to have to seek out the original story as well to see if I can figure out where the connection is. That's another thing I like about the mythology and the subtle connections it's not always spelled out for you, the reader has to figure it out sometimes for themselves.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Reel American Hero

    by Kloipy

    which was your favorite DT book?

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST

    I unfortunately have only been able to read

    by Reel American Hero

    The first two books thus far. We've got most of the series, if not the entire series, but that's one of the boxes currently in storage back in VA right now. My wife filled me in on the subtle connections to the other books that I'd read before, like Salem's Lot and It. Though I'm considering just buying new copies to read in the meantime before we move again so I can finish the story.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    I had a nightmare about this movie last night

    by Mike_D

    and I didnt even see the movie yet!

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Toby Jones

    by fitzcarraldo2

    Toby Jones was fucking amazing as Truman Capote in "Infamous". Rent it and see.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I am kinda upset you used the term "torture porn" up there Harry

    by ClockWorker

    I don't like that term at all

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Oh and news flash...

    by ClockWorker

    THE DESCENT fucking sucked and so did HARD CANDY and I didn't see 30 DAYS OF NIGHT and I probably won't because I can tell it is utter shit. HOSTEL 2 fucking ruled, but fuck that sadistic freak Ruggerio Deodato. What gives him the right to murder innocent animals? That's not art.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    i believe harry on this one

    by zom-bot.com

    you can doubt the review because of the connections and personal interviews and stuff, but harry's assessment of the sybmolism and subgenre of horror is dead on. It's about isolation, the vast unknown just outside, and the human turmoil within...it's pure NOTLD, and the premise of so many good twilight zones. It's a pretty much failproof formula, if you want to call it that- because some of us have been there and it's other folk's biggest fears. The Unknown is everyone's biggest fear. This MIST could have been done on a $10 budget throwing socks dipped in jello at the grocery windows, and i'd go see it.Heck, i'm sure someone will even find metaphor to the united states feeling isolated in a new scary uncertain world of terror, and how we are bickering each other to death inside instead of properly fighting or understanding the enemy outside....but i digress. I've put aside $8.50 for this one, spoiled ending and all.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST

    the turtle scene in Cannibal Holocaust

    by Kloipy

    ugh...that shit was terrible.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Hey Frank: Re the DVD Release

    by justwestofaustin

    Frank, Thanks for coming. Listen: for a DVD bonus feature, here's an idea--would love to see an egg where you can choose different methods to kill M.G.H's character. Seriously. And again thanks for coming. There are times when directors or crew members arrive and they act as if they can't be fussed. As if it's a tedious affair. You and your buddy couldn't have been nicer and more into it. A great night!

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:12 p.m. CST

    i also think it's funny

    by zom-bot.com

    that people that come to this site daily criticize and second guess the sincerety of the writers' reviews just because they organized early screenings or did interviews with the forces involved? like Darbont slipped Harry any money to give this a good review?...I'd hope that if payoffs were involved, this clunky site would get streamlined or at least brought into the 21st century a bit. Unless Harry's spending it all on sex and good food...hmmmm

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Frank is NOT a sell out

    by Kloipy

    You think people would be a little more appreciative that a director would be as willing as him to let us join in on the ride. I mean he's doing it for us, not for the money. Frank has had the rights to this for 10 years, I think the guy is just excited to get to share this with us. I for one am so excited in a way I haven't been in a long time.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    does this mean

    by DeadPanWalking

    Durabont is doing the towers next?

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:32 p.m. CST

    What about King's GUNSLINGER series

    by ClockWorker

    those books get no exposure what so ever

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:40 p.m. CST

    While a DT movie series would be cool

    by Reel American Hero

    I haven't heard anything on it, I was just asking if the story was one of the ones that had the connection to the mythos. Though those would make for some great movies though if they did the series right.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Think about it, Do you really want a DT movie

    by Kloipy

    I love the Dark Tower, started reading the series in 8th grade, and I never wanted to stop reading it. There is NO possible way this could translate into a film. It's so massive and so many ideas of the book would be lost in the movie. ONce you see Roland on screen that is who you will always see, not the character you believed in your mind. It wouldn't be the same. Let it rest in our hearts so we don't have to see it get torn up as a movie

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    i'm listening

    by El Borak

    to the audio version right now. awesome.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:44 p.m. CST

    they may be planning to do it

    by Kloipy

    I remember reading on here a while ago that JJ Abrams was buying the rights to do it.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    El Borak

    by Kloipy

    It's great isn't it? What part are you at? Just wait until the pharmacy

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    some of the actors aren't that great

    by El Borak

    like the kid but the effects are pretty good.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    yeah it's campy

    by Kloipy

    but its so like one of those old radio plays, and that's all part of the fun

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST

    THE DESCENT fucking sucked?

    by TheBloop

    Not sure about that at all. DId agree with with about Hostel 2. THE DESCENT was the best horror movie in the past 10 years IMO.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    meh

    by ironic_name

    meh

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 4:59 p.m. CST

    TheBloop speaks for me

    by GreyGeek

    THE DECENT owned my sorry ass. I simply have no idea how many horror films I have seen (in the good old days when stuff was just hitting VHS for the first time it was like two or three a night). THE DECENT was the most scared I have ever been in a theatre. I really wanted to leave. We need more movies like that and fewer re-makes of classic horror that has no business being re-made.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Hey Harry,

    by TattooedBillionaire

    thanks for anwering my question. I agree with you about the Shining. That's my favorite one too.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 6:37 p.m. CST

    I'm not sure about THE DESCENT guys

    by ClockWorker

    I just didn't really like it very much, and horror's my main squeeze so it's not that. I just didn't really believe it and the story between the two main characters seemed rather muddled. The tone, atmosphere, and composition were all good, ahh idk it was ok, just rubbed me the wrong way for some reason.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Naysayers

    by BDT

    First of all, I paid for my ticket, as did most of the audience, and it weren't cheap cause it included the meal. No one bought my opinion of the movie. I LOVE this movie. Besides all the things Harry said about the movie there is definite tension created with the concept of are the creatures or human nature the most horrible things we are likely to encounter in such a fantastic situation? How do fear, courage, warped faith, no faith and loss of hope bring out the best and worst in people? What happens when one person tries to play God? I'm convinced that the worst thing you will hear about this movie is that the CGI effects are not the best in places, (although I loved the practical effects, but I am a fan of practicals). But it doesn't matter. All of the FX create "real" creatures to the characters in the movie and you believe right along with them. I will be first in line to see this movie next week!

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 7:38 p.m. CST

    FUCK THE MIST

    by nalapou

    and fuck the stupid Mist pop-up on this site. Im not watching it just because of that annoying pop-up that doesn't even close when you click the X.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Low budget horror?

    by voxmortis

    What was the budget - if we're talking millions, then excuse me, but that ain't low budget!

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 10 p.m. CST

    PEOPLE ARE HATING THIS MOVIE

    by TheDohDoh

    Harry is right on that account. Word of mouth on this one is going to snowball into a yucky pus-filled boulder that kills the film's success in its tracks. Sorry Harry, but your review sounds far too apologetic for the special effects to make me think otherwise. Had potential, but splat.

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 10:17 p.m. CST

    "PEOPLE ARE HATING THIS MOVIE"

    by Mr Incredible

    Yeah..they are called--THE PIST!

  • Nov. 14, 2007, 10:29 p.m. CST

    DT & the mist

    by El Borak

    the second issue of the Marvel Comic series The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born (a project overseen by Stephen King), the short prose story at the end of the book details similar events to those that occur in The Mist. In the story, a beam quake (caused by an attempt to tear down the Dark Tower) splits the Earth, and from within the split rises a thick mist that is inhabited by dark creatures that have escaped from todash space into the real world. Given the manner in which King's various works tend to tie into one another, it is possible that the creatures featured in The Mist are of the same variety as seen in The Gunslinger Born.<br> <br>that audio presentation got really good. i hope people in the store (in the film) get really freaked out and start screaming.<br> <br>"LOOKS LIKE THE COLOR OF BURNT FLESH!!! THEIR ALL OVER THE BUILDING LIKE MAGGOTS ON A PIECE OF MEAT!!! AAAAAAA!!! LOOK AT THAT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 1:20 a.m. CST

    I'd see this but...

    by aversiontherapy2

    Those fucking annoying uncloseable ads that pop up over the content on this site on every other page have made me determined not to give those sods any money. I might sneak in tho...

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 6:11 a.m. CST

    Remake "Frogs" from the 70s

    by TheBloop

    The one with a young cheeseball Sam Elliot. Slow moving snapping turtle=tension.

  • I haven't seen "The Mist", but you allude to the fact that Thomas Janes is working on a painting at the beginning of the movie. My guess is that it as a painting/picture of the bleeding Dark Tower, itself.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    No Dark Tower movie?!!

    by biggles2_22

    Yeah, that's what they said about Lord Of The Rings. You can make any movie as long as the budget is right and the director has the vision. I think this calls for Brett Ratner. Heh. Just kidding.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    I am so glad Darabont didn't pussy out on the ending.

    by polyh3dron

    This movie kicked ass.. Its bleak ending will turn off quite a few people, including critics, but I thought it was one of the better horror movie endings I have ever seen.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Ahhh I see that you agree on the ending Harry..

    by polyh3dron

    Also, the old lady in this movie is AWESOME.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 1:24 p.m. CST

    So, that's the connection

    by Reel American Hero

    That's pretty cool, I have not been able to find any of those Dark Tower comics though, so I'm going to have to wait for the trade on that.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    redfist, forget it, give up

    by Sick Fixx

    You can't win an argument with someone named Bill Brasky. I've seen them use this guy's foreskin as a tarp when it rains at Yankee Stadium.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Reel American Hero

    by El Borak

    the trade paperback or whatever comes out later this month for about $25. i gonna have to get that for sure.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 4:46 p.m. CST

    "look out for that dogfood bag!!!"

    by El Borak

    "WHAAAT!!!! AAHHHHHHH!!! GET IT OFF ME!!!! OH GODDD!!!!!!! GGGGGGGGGRRRRR!!!!"

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 5:59 p.m. CST

    holy batman

    by 5 by 5

    There's a Dark Tower link in this movie? Interesting.... good review Harry.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 6 p.m. CST

    christine

    by huggerorange

    Does anyone know when theyre making the new christine?? Or if theyll do it?That is one movie that is well done and hard to top for the most part. The story could use a prequel/sequel seeing that they strayed so much from the book in the first movie.. but with a john carpenter score please!

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 7:17 p.m. CST

    El Borak

    by Reel American Hero

    Thanks for the info, definitely going to have to seek that book out.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 8:51 p.m. CST

    thanks big guy...

    by cp

    ...great review. and KLOIPY, i'm 33 and i remember vividly the first time i read a KING novel. your story just refreshed that memory for me, thanks homie. the only thing i would add to your list of prerequisites for listening to the audio cassette is, smoke a fatty.

  • Nov. 15, 2007, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Bet I Can Guess The DARK TOWER link here

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    At the end of the movie, Roland rides into the store and tells the old woman "You've forgotten the face of your father!" before shooting her dead.

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    I'm boycott this movie because of the Flash ad

    by ulcer

    this stupid ovelay MIST flash ad is completely rendering this web site unsuable for me. It locks up my mac for a couple of seconds for every page<br><br> EVERY PAGE?? WHY DO I NEED TO SEE THE AD EVERY PAGE? AGAIN AND AGAIN? NO -- I WON'T SEE YOUR MOVIE. NO! <br><br> I understand you have a movie, you morron, I don't need to harassed by you ad dozens of times a day for every page refresh of this site. ? <br><br> It's widely known that people hate overlay ads that hide the content. I can't understand that some company would start this now.

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    It's so sweet ... all the optimism you guys have...

    by Dr Hemlock

    ...for a Stephen King movie! Here's a little project for you: make two lists. One list is all the GOOD Stephen King movies and the other list is all the BAD Stephen King movies. How can all you folks be so optimistic when Steve-O has disappointed you more times than you can count?

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Harry!

    by ManyFrames

    Where's your No Country for Old Men review?

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    I have to admit I'm pretty pissed about the new ending

    by Jak0lantern01

    I'm not going to give anything away here, but if everything I'm hearing is true about the ending that's been tacked on, I may have to skip this one. Hollywood has to tinker with everything and LEAVE NOTHING TO THE IMAGINATION. I always loved the open-ended conclusion to The Mist. Bleak, with a ray of hope. From there, you fill in the blanks for yourself as to how their story ends. Just like Romero's original Dawn of the Dead. Peter and Fran fly off in the helicoptet and are low on fuel, flying off into the sunrise. Great stuff, you figure out how they ended up. Not in The Mist, though. No, Darabont couldn't trust his audience to an ending with the taillights of a truck driving off and fading into the mist. Nope. We need him to tell us how it all ends. Totally ruined by Hollywood. AGAIN.

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 4:10 p.m. CST

    How about making a list of good Stephen King movies by..

    by Reel American Hero

    ..Frank Darabont, in which case they're all good. The Green Mile, Shawshank, and this are way better than any other movie based on a Stephen King movie. Old Stev-O, as you call him isn't the one to blame for the shitty movies, the ones making the shitty movies based on his work are. Oh, only exception to the good SK movie not directed by Darabont is The Shining. It's all about who directs the movies, that's what determines a good or bad adaptation.

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Dude, do NOT get an adblocker

    by ulcer

    Ads is how the sites are paid, how the internet exists. If you enjoy the internet while blocking ads, you're essentially free-loading, it's not a 'solution'. It works because other people are not blocking ads. Removing ads that annoy is what needs to be done.

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Overlooked horrible King movie

    by necrom33

    I didn't see anyone mention "The Mangler" based on a King short story and starring Robert Englund. I wouldn't say it's the worst King adaptation, but it's GOTTA be top 5.

  • Nov. 16, 2007, 11:51 p.m. CST

    A good King movie few people have heard of

    by Dr Hemlock

    is The Night Flier starring Miguel Ferrer. It's a low-budget vampire movie but it's pretty good.

  • Nov. 17, 2007, 2:44 a.m. CST

    The ending

    by alpha

    It's just crap. Rather than leaving it open for us to decide if it goes wrong or works out well they spoonfeed us their new "shock" ending which is lameness personified. He's dropped the ball on this by adding where nothing needed to be added.

  • Nov. 17, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Most Disappointing King Adaptation

    by ragingfluff

    Dreamcatcher. Even though the novel is not anywhere near his best work, and it rehashes themes he's beaten to death several times, I still had high hopes for the film, especially when I saw the talent involved in front of and behind the camera: I was so looking forward to seeing Morgan Freeman as a bad guy. But God, it was baaaaaaad, and looked like it had been cut to shreds.

  • Nov. 17, 2007, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Re: The Ending

    by pvs

    I think this ending sounds super, I can see why Stephen King loves this new ending, it reminds me of the book endings of "Thinner" or "Pet Semetary"

  • Nov. 18, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Long drawn out and boring...I'm not talk'n about the movie...jus

    by Sappers Forward

    Reading that was like reading a Stephen King novel. It gets the point across but takes forever to do it. Short, simple, and to the point for Gods sake.

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Darabont is brilliant

    by Seth Gecko

    Darabont hardly puts a foot wrong with his King Adaptations. Did anyone ever expect anything short of a classic?

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    worst sentence yet!

    by Schih Thayde

    "Well THE MIST was always, to me, Stephen King’s remake of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD with a dimensional rift that substituted slightly Lovecraftian things into our world to torment our characters trapped in a singular building cut off from the rest of the world… in which, paranoia, fighting and some really good ideas turn into really shitty situations."

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Ummm...Riiiight....

    by karcreat42

    'I'm getting tired of Hollywood trying to convince me that Americans are numb nuts that will blindly jump on the war bandwagon whenever things get rough. To believe such a ludicrous thing is asinine.'___ Yeah, THAT would never happen...it's not like we HAVE 'blindly jumped on a war bandwagon' and invaded the wrong country for oil or anything...right?

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Mac Lock Up?...;)

    by karcreat42

    'this stupid ovelay MIST flash ad is completely rendering this web site unsuable for me. It locks up my mac for a couple of seconds for every page'----Funny, my PC doesn't have that problem...guess Macs suck...(hehehe...;)

  • Nov. 19, 2007, 5:12 p.m. CST

    'Thinner'? 'Pet Sematary'? Nope...

    by karcreat42

    'I think this ending sounds super, I can see why Stephen King loves this new ending, it reminds me of the book endings of "Thinner" or "Pet Semetary"'___ Well, it SHOULDN'T. Those endings had a REASON for the 'twist', a sense of justice being served...'Thinner' had Billy eating his own pie and resuffering the curse because it was 'just desserts'...there was a MORAL reason for it, it left you saying 'HaHA! He got what he deserved!'...same for 'Pet Sematary'...Lois Creed tampered 'in Gods domain' and just went crazy...and ended up with what he DESERVERED...how the hell does this crappy new 'ending' for 'The Mist' fit in there? Did Drayton DESERVE that ending? Hell no...it was cheap, manufactured CRAP tacked on to SHOCK the audience...and NOTHING MORE. It was mean, unfair and LAME.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Where can we find pix of the creatures?

    by Blendre

    Where online are they?

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 8:42 a.m. CST

    No.

    by krabat

    The new ending is a piece of shit. The movie is laughable. Dammit. Thomas Jane was the only thing that went correctly.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Fail

    by Bob Dobbs

    This movie sucked. Another one to add to the ever-growing list of craptacular King adaptations. And Harry, you prove yet again that you can't write your way out of a wet paper bag.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Cool

    by Cobbio

    Thanks, Harry! Good review. I'll be checking this one out.

  • Nov. 20, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    RE-Where can we find pix of the creatures?

    by karcreat42

    www.karcreat.com/TheMist.html ******** My 'MIST' fansite has a BUNCH! K

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Ending = tool to get buzz about movie.

    by Diagnostic

    I preferred the book ending cause to kind a revealed more about the reader.<br> The new ending is out of character for the protagonist.<br> And just pessimistic.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 10 a.m. CST

    The definition of horror

    by ufoclub1977

    Is The Mist the most fun kind of horror? The ensemble cast monster movie. Or is this the most punk ass horror film you have ever seen.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM_If7Dj_Z8

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    Eyes of the Dragon

    by johnnykool

    I'd love to see that book turned into a movie.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Just got back from seeing this

    by kyle051554

    FUCKING SWEET. The ending, while probably obvious to most, kicked me in my unsuspecting ass. I still feel all weird about it. Loved it.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Forgot to mention...

    by kyle051554

    I didn't know that the Silent Hill video game series took any cues from The Mist before seeing the movie, but when that siren came on, Silent Hill was the first thing I thought of.

  • Nov. 21, 2007, 11:47 p.m. CST

    "THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE MIST!!!" and it sucks!

    by Shermdawg

    I don't care how close to the book this film is. (But if it is, King's a hack.) These characters are by the fucking numbers. You got your... <br><br> Big City Artist Dad as the hero. (It figures. It's always gotta be the Big City Artist/Writer as the hero.) <br><br> Redneck as the drunk, dimwitted, "HEY! We don't take kindly to your type around here!", mechanic. (It figures.) <br><br> Angry Black Guy, who is more interesting than Hero White Guy as an actor and should've been given this role instead, despite Hero White Guy giving a strong performance, as well as making me wish he had been cast as Hero White Guy With Claws And Mutton Chops. <br><br> Crazy Religious Nut - I'm not exactly down with my christian upbringing, but I was just a tad put off by Marsha Gay Harden's character. Yes, there are people like that out there, but Darabount should've used another persons faith to balance what, even to me, appeared to be an attack on christianity, regardless if it was in the book or not. And how ironic is it that someone named Gay Harden would be cast in this role. :P <br><br> There's the Hot Check Out Chick (That was the Riddick chick wasn't it? She'd be pretty good as Wonder Woman.) who seems oblivious to the fact that the world may be going to hell, and just wants to flirt with Generic Army Guy in the locker room. A scene that is so forced, it almost screams I IS GONNA DIE A FEW MINUTES LATER. She was fucking hot though, I guess that has to count for sumthin'. The rest of the cast I can live with, it's nice to see some familar faces from previous King adaptions show up. <br><br> I'm hoping this thing was cut, because just having that one dude running towards the supermarket yelling about the mist and then it following him just didn't flow right. There should have been a a few shots showing the mist approaching from overhead, and a quick scene of that guy and the person that he said was "grabbed" stating "What the hell is that?", as is, shit just happens. And not resolving Andre Braugher's fate was lame. By either including him in the bullshit ending, or having Jane stumble over his body in route to his car, almost seems like a given. But nope. <br><br> Then there's the stupid shit like Jane telling everyone he heard a sound. YOU FUCKING SAW THE GAWD DAMNED LOADING DOCK DOOR BULGE AND ALL YOU FUCKING SAY IS "I HEARD SOMETHING"??? <br><br> Bullshit. <br><br> Also it's bullshit they killed off "THE SHERMANATOR" with some lameass cg'd tenacles. I'll let the subpar monster designs slide, but dammit if that wasn't some bad work done on the tenacles. <br><br> Then ya got the bullet issue. QUICK DRAW CAPOTE says there's ten rounds left, I lose count. Then in the pharmacy there's a closeup of his gun, and me not exactly being a firearm specialist, I assumed he ran out. (Or did it jam?) Then out of nowhere he busts two caps in that bitch's ass, and four remain for the ending. (Maybe it did jam.) <br><br> Now, my thoughts on the ending... <br><br> When they ran out of gas, I thought, y'know, this would be a good ending. Just leave them there. Leave it to you imagination, OR possibility for a sequel where we have a modern day Starship Troopers kinda deal going on. But then it went with the mercy kills, and that was awesome. RARELY does something like this ever happen in cinema. Especially involving kids. I'm not down with happy endings, especially if they don't feel like a realistic outcome to the events presented in the film. For example, Mission: Impossible III should've had BOOGIE NIGHTS CAPOTE actually kill Tom's wife, just like, Cruise's son should've died in WotW. But in The Mist, it delivered. I would've done the same thing given the situation. But then, the scene that redeemed the film in my eyes as a recommended flick, drops the ball, and drops it hard. That fucking convoy was bullshit. Not for the fact that he just offed his son and three others, but it felt cheap. Cheaper than that fucking poorly cg'd tenacle. People bitched an moaned over the split second sunset into night scene in X3, well this tops it. All of the sudden, after the deed was done, they just come rolling in. <br><br> Lame. <br><br> Shamalamadingdong wouldn't even pull something like that. <br><br> And as bad as that was, the constant wailing of a song they use for the last five minutes or so, is annoying as all fuck. <br><br> This film sucks on so many levels, but at least Jane turned in a solid performance. And yes, HE should've been casted as Logan. His gruffness seems natural as opposed to Jackman's. (I've yet to see The Punisher, so I may be wrong.) <br><br> "STAY AWAY FROM THE MIST!!!" is right.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 12:30 a.m. CST

    I loved it

    by Eyegore

    Ignore all the negative reviews from obviously brain damaged individuals. If you like real horror movies, this is for you. Having read the book I had very high expectations. The movie did not fail to deliver, and was better than I had even hoped. A new horror classic.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 3:19 a.m. CST

    The ending sucked and made no sense.

    by GibsonUSA

    There were no monsters immediately around. There was nothing to push the people to do what they did so quickly. It made no sense...the movie was supposed to be about human interaction right...well this part made no sense...especially with a child on board, you'd think there's be a further pursuit of escape.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Everything it should have been

    by zog71

    Just watched the Mist and was pleased that for the most part was true to the novella. A few things changed, but worked, and the ending was a punch in the balls, and I loved it. Had to be one of the most disturbing endings I have seen in a long time. Most people will hate it, but in the story there wasn't a happy ending, just a guy writing about his experience in hopes of someone finding it, so this ending worked for me, but also kicked me straight in the johnson. Good job Frank, you know how to make a Steven King movie.

  • Nov. 22, 2007, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Concerning the gun:

    by kyle051554

    It was a six-shooter, with 12 bullets initially. He ran out of the first six at the pharmacy (and, obviously, didn't have time to reload), used two on the crazy chick, and saved the rest for the end.

  • Nov. 26, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    after seeing it

    by Kloipy

    As I’ve said before in the TB’s, I’ve loved this story since I was a kid. I’ve been waiting for about 14 years to see this on the big screen. And I got my chance last Wednesday night at 7. And I loved every minute of it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen something that I’ve loved reduced to some useless piece of shit; that after sitting through it just disappointed me and made me sad. Especially for those people who didn’t have any idea of the source material and their only memory of it will be a bad one. I think Frank (once again) knocked this out of the park. It’s has so much that everyone in here constantly talks about. It doesn’t rely on the quick jump cut to scare you (there are maybe 1 or 2 parts like that), but the movie successfully builds the paranoia and tension the whole way through. As for those people who can’t let it go and think it’s about Christian bashing, you need to shut up because you have no idea what you are talking about. The story and the movie aren’t about bashing Christians. It’s about ONE woman who is a fanatic and takes opportunity of the situation because she feels like she is doing God’s will and she uses that fact to her own disturbed purpose of marking herself as a disciple in the religious history books. It plays with the fact that in a paniked situation that normal people grab onto anything that resembles a leadership. Look at the panic after 9/11 and how people were so willing to let the patriot act through, or let us go to war with the wrong country. Most people have no idea how to live without being told to, otherwise we wouldn’t need advertising. So it’s not about Christianity, it is about the fact that most people are only a couple of step above freaking out and doing stupid shit when a situation that they can’t control arises. Anyway back to the movie. I think it was just excellent and truly scary, and it’s been on my mind so much since last Wednesday and I have had years to ponder the story so I feel that says something about what Darabont accomplished. As for the ending; I loved Stephen’s ending in the book, however I loved Darabont’s just as much. I think it was perfect for this story. People are talking about waiting around. For what? I don’t think you would want to wait until the creatures were all over the car trying to get in. They had no way of knowing, and as buff as some of you want to sound, I doubt anyone would actually try to go out into the mist and make a run for it. Jane’s acting in the last moments of the film are going to haunt me for awhile. It was some of the best anguish I’ve ever seen in a movie. Just his screaming and putting the gun in his mouth and trying to shoot himself even when he knows it’s empty. Just a fucking knife to the heart. I’m sure a lot of people might disagree with me, but I really think that this will end up going down as one of the greats in horror. People are saying this is an audience movie and in a way it is (never heard the clapping like I did in this one, followed by the complete silence of the last 10 minutes) but I also think once people get to watch this alone it will put them even more in the mindset of the characters and will be more harrowing than ever. Look at Shawshank, it was nothing in the theater, but now it’s one of the most loved movies of all time. Thanks to Stephen King and Frank Darabont for going against the grain and making a truly horrifying vision come to life.

  • Nov. 27, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST

    the ending

    by slkboxrman

    the ending was PERFECT and made sense....and i thought was classic KING. what a bunch of whining spineless babies some of u are for not liking the ending..... god forbid a movie dont leave "a ray of hope" at the end to make u feel all warm and fuzzy when u leave the theatre.... are u fucking kidding me ?..... personally i would have felt robbed to see the car drive into the mist and disappear and thats it ... i think it was high drama to see the decision they all came to in that car....they drove and drove and drove and drove and the mist continued, and seemed neverending...they thought the world was over, with that giant 600 or so ft tall tentacled monster roaming the countryside and the spiders and bugs all over id think it was over to....it was a crippling heart wrenching decision to witness, especially when he knew he had only 4 bullets and he was the 5th person...knowing he would have to find another way to kill himself or let the monsters do it...could u imagine contemplating killing your own son or daughter ? it was shocking enuf to see that he did the deed, and doubly shocking when hes there screaming into the mist for the monsters to get him and then the mist clears and we see that the rift was apparently closed and the army was clearing up the monsters...the look on thomas janes face when he realizes what hes done and what could have been if he had just waited a few more minutes ...its horrible, its shocking, its ironic, and THAT my friends is how u end a movie... besides i read that king "loved" this adaption and thought it was the best adaption of any of his books to date.....

  • Nov. 27, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST

    also

    by slkboxrman

    the other smack in the face to our main character besides realizing he just killed 4 people including his son for no apparent reason....was seeing the woman who left the store because her kids were all alone and being absolutely sure she was dead, only to see her on the truck with the other survivors, with her kids no less.

  • Nov. 28, 2007, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Ending is out of place

    by futureman3000

    Doesn't make sense in the context of the movie, it seems like a giant joke at the end.

  • Nov. 28, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST

    The ending

    by pumaman

    There sure as Hell better be an alternate ending on the dvd . This just depressed the living shit outta me. Fantastic movie though , all said n done with some outstanding acting. The creepy thing is though, to add insult to injury , some kid in the theatre had to be rushed out to an ambulance. Lord knows what happened to him ...?

  • Nov. 28, 2007, 3:39 p.m. CST

    fuck you ending?

    by strck9

    My friend said that too; that he couldn’t believe the studio let them get away with it. But is it really all that new and shocking and ballsy and fuckme-ing to have it end like that? Look at Pan’s Labyrinth, The Host, 28 Weeks Later just to name a few. I mean, they're just giving you what you sickos want… dead kids. And lots of ‘em. And I wanted to say that I’m with the homeboy who said they wouldn’t have given up so easily. Seriously. Anybody who has a kid (and I doubt many of you do since y’all want them all dead) is like “No way. There’s no way in hell.” “dooptie-doo I’m Thomas Jane, lets just not even bother getting out and seeing how far we can make it on foot. Dooptie-doo let me shoot you in the head. Bang bang bang bang dooptie doo.” If anything, it felt like a rushed ending. Forget that you know the story and who wrote it and it’s like the storyteller just ran out of ideas. Like the landrover just ran out of gas. Ballsy? No. Did it fuck me? No. Did it make me angry? Yeah, but not in the way that makes it cool like Harry and some of you others want to believe. I’m not angry that a kid died and “oh wow you never see that in movies”. But it was made clear early on in the movie and for over two hours straight how much the father loved his son. He’s just gonna shoot him in the face?? You can try to be “ballsy” and push the envelope all you want to but keeping your characters consistently believable in relation to the story will always be a good rule.

  • Nov. 28, 2007, 10:43 p.m. CST

    fuck the ending - you people are sheep

    by Bass Bastardson

    I LOVE a dark ending. I want an ending that rips my guts out. That said, the ending to this movie sucks balls. Not because it is too dark, but because it totally betrays the characters motivations as they stood for the entire movie. They were all willing to face death at the hand of whatever was in the mist when they made the break for the car and then "oh, well this is too hard, let's just off ourselves." And if you do buy the total 180 degree character turnaround, then what, Jane couldn't have lined his temple up with the chick's and gotten a two for one on the last bullit?

  • Nov. 29, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST

    The Ending IS Ballsy...

    by FlickChick

    It just sucks. Thomas Jane's "acting" in that moment was hilarious instead of heart-wrenching. And yes, the timespan between the descision and course of action was unbelievable.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Anyway, some talanted people got work...

    by Tarsus Khan

    Where to begin? In the final analysis you have to place the blame for this dreadful movie at the feet of the writer/director. The Steven King story has, like all of this authors work even if we can quibble about content, rock solid construction. And, to my ear, Mr. King is a master of dialogue on the page because HE UNDERSTANDS the transition to film or stage for the written word is not realisim but "magic realisim". Every single line in this film landed like a brick. The actors tried. Thomas Jane is well trained has craft and prepares for a roll. But I can't even imagine the direction he could have been receiving on set. I have never seen such an inconsistent character in a heavily promoted film. Marsha Gay Harden is another serious film actor who, having read the script and met with the writer/director, sized him up and decided, "What the hell" "I guess I'll just pull out all the stops and enjoy being around other fun actors because nothing of any use is going to come from behind the camera". And what was with the character of the son? What was the audience supposed to feel for him? Terror? Excitement? If there is a god, let him be eaten next scene? You can't direct children by telling them to cry in different ways. I was lucky to see the film with friends from Pixar and a guy from Tippett Studios over in Berkeley. They were restrained in their comments but said it had to be a lack of money because you actually can't get work in professional CGI with the 1990's material they saw in the movie. One guy said it looked more like a Quake II, (Quake II!!!) mod then professional film work. We all agreed that the shout-out to the antlions in Half-Life 2 was a white-flag from the art department. And the Chuthulu riff was fun in the last scene. The only scene with genuine energy in the entire film. Second unit guy I suspect. Hard to believe this was greenlighted but it was done on the cheap and will recoup its costs and more. Pretty low bar. But at least many dedicated and creative people got work.

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    The Ending Is Actually An Ode To Optimism

    by Buzz Maverik

    "Ode to optimism"??? Did I just write that? Aren't I pretentious? But, anyway...<p> At first, I thought it was just a downer, you know, a thank you to the film students. But it perfectly illustrates a point King has made many times: that the horror story/novel/film is inherently conservative and optimistic. They just didn't give it enough time, which drove the point home better than a happy ending.<p> Also, this ending seemed to almost purposely go along with what was wrong with the David Drayton character in both the book and the film. It always irritated me as reader (and when I caught the flick far later than most of you, last week)that Norm the bag boy is supposed to be an idiot for going outside, from Drayton's point of view. Later, Drayton goes outside. Morton is an idiot for wanting to take off with a group, from Drayton's point of view. Later, Drayton takes off with a group.<p>The ending showed Drayton, having followed Norm's and Morton's mistakes, doing what Mrs. Carmody and her people wanted to do.<p>For me, this ending seemed to be conscious of what King didn't seem conscious of(or maybe he was because when he's good, he's great...and he's smart):anybody who disagrees with Drayton is either evil or an idiot, yet Drayton later does what they did and it works for him because...he's the hero. That's the sole reason, which is fine if it really was a 50s B movie, but we know better and so does Mr. King.<p>I loved the book (as much as I hate the term "novella")but it suffered from what I call the Boromir complex. In LORD O' THE RINGS, Boromir existed to wrong so the other characters could always be right. C'mon, I'll buy elves and flying monkeys, but even the biggest idiot jerk is right sometimes. Not ol' Boromir. And not anybody in THE MIST who disagrees with Drayton.<p>Darabont's ending fixed all that for me. And I loved the Lovecraft monster at the end.<p>Frank, if you're reading (and I know yer not), puleeeeeze do CALL O' CTHULHU or SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH or THE DUNWICH HORROR!

  • Dec. 4, 2007, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Also The Paul Gleason Character In DIE HARD

    by Buzz Maverik

    Another example of the Boromir Syndrome. Character exists simply to be wrong so the hero can always be right.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 10:47 p.m. CST

    I loved it. And I HATED "The Decent"

    by ZeroCorpse

    THIS was a true horror film. "The Decent" was a bunch of badly-written characters (all of whom I despised and wished were dead, anyway) screaming in a cave for 90 minutes while Batboy from The Weekly World News chased them, along with his extended family. The Decent was LAME and sucked. <p> The Mist, on the other hand, was a horror flick that kept you guessing. I love King, but this is actually a story I never read. For me, The Mist was a fun ride that DID have legitimate scares, and it wasn't so much the monsters as the people (especially the fundie bitch) that were frightening. <p> I think most of the people who hate The Mist are Christians who were offended by the portrayal of a fundamentalist asshole as the most dangerous, insane, frightening creature brought on by the mist. Don't let them dictate to you what it good and what isn't-- Because they're assholes, and those kind of people really deserved the lambasting this film gave them. <p> For perspective, I also like Haute Tension (High Tension) quite a bit, and I LOATHE crap like "The Ring" and "The Grudge" because cat boys, wet girls and creaking women ARE NOT SCARY. They're laughable. I hated SCREAM a lot, because it was paint-by-numbers horror that was WAY below what Wes Craven can do. I tend to dislike slasher flicks unless they're originals, or well-thought-out. Rob Zombie's stuff has balls, and I dig it. The original Halloween is also pretty awesome, as are the original Friday the 13th, The Exorcist, and Nightmare on Elm Street. Sequels were mostly garbage. <p> THEY LIVE is a classic, as is Carpenter's "The Thing" and Ridley Scott's "Alien" (which I personally liked a lot better than "Aliens") -- In the torture porn genre there's only one contender, and that's SAW. The whole series has been decent, and it stays pretty fresh considering they keep going to the well. "Candyman" is a classic, and I even though I don't consider them scary, the Hammer films were awesome. <p> With that sort of taste, you can judge for yourself. I loved "The Mist" and would recommend it to any horror fan. It's how horror should be done.

  • Dec. 8, 2007, 11:07 p.m. CST

    The ending...

    by ZeroCorpse

    Some of you are approaching this as if you think the characters should have been ready and willing to trot through the mist until some unknown, big-toothed thing ripped them apart or burned them with acid or who-knows-what, because that would somehow be preferable to taking a bullet in the head. To those of you who think this, I can tell you've never been in a truly dead-end, exhausting, nerve-wracking, terrifying situation. <p> The characters had watched hell unleash for longer than they could handle. They had watched friends and neighbors getting slaughtered in front of them. They watched their fellow humans turn into psychotic cultists with just a little goading from a madwoman. They were tired. They were terrified. They were facing what they thought was a hopeless situation without end. Didn't you catch that they had actually driven OUT OF STATE and the mist and monsters were STILL THERE? They sincerely thought that there were no more people left, and that their choice was a horrible, agonizing, possibly slow death at the jaws/claws of some otherworldly beast, or a quick, merciful respite from the terror they felt. The guy had seen his wife's corpse just recently. His kid was catatonic and unable to fend for himself. The two in the back of the truck were old and tired. The teacher was just out of energy to fight. <p> Think about it-- What if he didn't shoot his kid? He and the kid step out of the truck, and then BOOM, some beastie shoots acid in his kid's face and the poor sonofabitch has to watch his son writhe in agony, scream, and die slowly as his face melts off? Or how about he gets dragged off-- not killed-- and impregnated with those spider-things? Remember the MP at the pharmacy? Would you want THAT for your kid? Alive, in agony, with those THINGS inside of him? <p> Better to die quickly than to suffer for days... And when you're out of your mind with fear and exhaustion, such decisions are pretty easy to come to. <p> I've been in insufferable pain before, laying in a hospital bed, BEGGING them to kill me and end my agony. I'm glad they didn't, of course, but when you're at that point where you feel like nothing will ever be good again, and where your whole world is pain and torment, a merciful death can seem like a gift on the horizon. <p> And that none of you have ever been so psychologically devastated by loss that you didn't feel like dying-- That's strange and sort of inhuman, unless you're inexperienced kids or shut-ins. When the woman I loved died in front of me, I was destroyed. If I'd had a gun in my hand that day, or perhaps even that week, I would probably have sent a bullet into my brain to end the emotional pain. Again, I'm glad I didn't. I'm glad I had neither the opportunity or the failure of will required to actively seek my own end, but I can also relate to what those characters were feeling. <p> That's why The Mist is good horror-- because the monsters are merely a catalyst. The Mist is not a "man against nature" tale, or even "man against man"-- It's "Man against Himself" elements that make it truly frightening. <p> But hey-- You big, macho studs would have just walked out in that mist and karate chopped the next carnivorous extradimensional monster that came along, and you would have shrugged it off if one of them bit your son in half, right? <p> Liars. You'd have wet your pants when the engine died, and probably would have tried to convince the woman that she had more to live for than you, so you could have that last bullet.

  • Dec. 9, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Wow......

    by bugkill

    I really liked this movie and I have to agree that the SFX could have been better, but it was good enough. The story was awesome and the crazy chick in the store was dead on because she made me want to kill her if I was actually in that store with her. The ending? Well, I though the ending was perfect because it made my girlfriend gasp, which means that it was effective and surprising. The movie was a great time to spend 2 hrs away from home and it was worth it.

  • Dec. 10, 2007, 7:20 p.m. CST

    The Running Man movie

    by sai_justin

    is f'ing awful, especially if you've ever read the story.

  • Dec. 13, 2007, 4:55 p.m. CST

    hahaha

    by slkboxrman

    still laughing at people that reveal how lame they are by comparing movie special effects to videogame special effects and apparently feel proud to do so....gotta get out a little more dude...find the female pursuasion and grab some analog sticks at the top of a girls tits , im sure u will find more fun pushing a hot sexy girls buttons than ur xbox 360...get to it !!! ZEROCORPSE is actually right , wow... the ending rocked...totally unexpected, not a copout that having them drive into the mist and dissapear would have been....

  • Dec. 15, 2007, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Traumnovelle

    by Traumnovelle

    I know I'm late as shit on this one, but did nobody else go absolutely bonkers in the theater when they flipped the best cut on Baraka for the ending music? I got teary eyed, dude. It was magical. That music, coupled with that giant monster lumbering across the street, that was one of those PURE cinematic bliss moments, where you are almost shaking your head in disbelief as to how perfect they got it. The Mist is incredible, amazing, enchanting.

  • Dec. 15, 2007, 5:35 p.m. CST

    I didnt mean to make my name the subject line.

    by Traumnovelle

    It looks like I need more practice with my computer machine.

  • Jan. 3, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    UK Release date?

    by gkb

    I just looked on IMDB for a UK release date, but the UK is not listed. I have spent an hour Google searching for a release date, but came up with nothing. Will The Mist be released in the UK, and if so - when?